News for 07 June 2010

All the news for Monday 7 June 2010

3 new Hockeyroos given an opportunity to impress

Three new Hockeyroos will be given an opportunity to stake their claim for World Cup & Commonwealth Games selection after being named in the 2010 Hockeyroos National Squad today.

In addition to being selected in the Hockeyroos national squad Kate Hubble (WA), Kate Jenner (NSW) and Jayde Taylor (WA) will receive their opportunity to impress sooner rather than later after also being selected in a 21 player Hockeyroos squad to tour Europe throughout June and July.

The squad will depart for Europe this Saturday and play Germany, England, India and Ireland throughout the month long tour.

The Europe tour will form a crucial platform for the Hockeyroos’ bid towards the World Cup (Argentina August 29 – September 11) and the Commonwealth Games (October 3-14).

Having left several senior players such as Sarah O’Connor and Toni Cronk at home and with other senior players such as Stacia Joseph and Hope Munro unavailable due to injury, Hockeyroos coach Frank Murray said the Europe tour was the perfect tournament to give an opportunity to the younger players such as Hubble, Taylor and Jenner.

“We have left some senior players out of the squad, but it is a good opportunity for the younger players to step up,” said Murray.

Murray said all three new players deserved their place in the team after good performances at the Australian Hockey League which concluded on Saturday 5 June in Adelaide.

“All three players put in a good performance at the AHL and they will add a bit of freshness to the group. Kate Jenner was part of the Junior World Cup team last year and she played quite well there and has been in our sights for a while.

Both she and Jayde Taylor were part of the Australia A team which played some matches against New Zealand and Korea earlier this year, with both players putting in solid performances,” said Murray.

Murray said that all players who were not selected in the squad are still in contention for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, and that this European tour would be used purely as a preparation for these major events.

“Obviously winning will be important however this tour will be more about getting our structures and combinations right,” said Murray.

Murray also said that the Europe tour will also be a good opportunity for the team to practice their structures given that financially not the entire team is centralised in Perth.

“Players such as Anna Flanagan, Amy Korner and Georgia Nanscawen are not based in Perth which can make it difficult as a coach, so this will be a good opportunity to get everyone together and perfect the game plan,” said Murray.

Development squad members Jade Close (NSW) and Kary Chau (VIC) are on standby for selection depending on whether or not several players with injury issues will be cleared by the medical staff prior to leaving this Saturday.

2010 National Squad
Nicole Arrold (ACT), Teneal Attard (QLD), Jane Bennett (QLD), Madonna Blyth (QLD), Fiona Boyce (WA), Alison Bruce (NSW), Toni Cronk (NSW), Casey Eastham (NSW), Anna Flanagan (ACT), Kate Hollywood (NSW), Kate Hubble (WA), Emily Hurtz (NSW), Kate Jenner (NSW), Fiona Johnson (NSW), Stacia Joseph (VIC), Amy Korner (QLD), Heather Langham (NT), Shelly Liddelow (WA), Rachael Lynch (VIC), Kobie McGurk (WA), Hope Munro (WA), Georgia Nanscawen (VIC), Ashleigh Nelson (WA), Sarah O’Connor (VIC), Megan Rivers (NSW), Jayde Taylor (WA), Kim Walker (WA)

European Tour Squad
Nicole Arrold (ACT), Teneal Attard (QLD), Madonna Blyth (QLD), Fiona Boyce (WA), Alison Bruce (NSW), Casey Eastham (NSW), Anna Flanagan (ACT), Kate Hollywood (NSW), Kate Hubble (WA), Emily Hurtz (NSW), Kate Jenner (NSW), Fiona Johnson (NSW), Amy Korner (QLD), Shelly Liddelow (WA), Rachael Lynch (VIC), Kobie McGurk (WA), Georgia Nanscawen (VIC), Ashleigh Nelson (WA), Megan Rivers (NSW), Jayde Taylor (WA), Kim Walker (WA)

2010 Development Squad
Catriona Bailey-Price (ACT), Kary Chau (VIC), Jade Close (NSW), Jill Dwyer (QLD), Holly Evans (SA), Bianca Greenshields (SA), Nina Khoury (TAS), Sally O’Toole (QLD), Danielle Schubach (VIC), Jodie Schulz (QLD), Elise Stacy (SA), Jade Warrender (NSW), Hollie Webster (NSW), Ashleigh Wells (VIC)

Hockey Australia media release

Murray leads Paragon past Malvern

Kiel Murray scored a pair of goals as Paragon outplayed Stag Malvern 4-2 in a T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Friday night. Akim Toussaint and Dillet Gilkes chipped in with one each for Paragon to 11 points from 13 matches, the same as Malvern who has played a match less. Arielle Bowen and Daryll Hume were on target for Malvern. At the top of the table, Petrotrin leads with 33 points from 12 matches, the same as Queen’s Park, but with a better goal-difference of plus-30 to the Parkites’ plus-24 with two matches left for both clubs. In its final two matches, Petrotrin will meet Corona Fatima and Paradise while Queen’s Park tackles Notre Dame and Paradise.

Paragon women were also in winners row, but without breaking a sweat after Defence Force defaulted its Championship Division meeting. The win carried Paragon to 11 points from 11 matches, three ahead of the Teteron women who have a match in hand. However, the race for the title is a four-team one, with defending champions, Shandy Carib Magnolias (24 points), Malvern (23), Harvard Maritime Checkers with 21 and Notre Dame on 18 all in the fray. But while Magnolias and Checkers have four matches left to play each, Malvern and the Dames only have three.

Sunday’s Results:

Under-19 Boy’s:

Notre Dame 10 (Aidan De Gannes 1st, 36th, Darnil Trancoso 21st, 60th, Justin Beharry 40th, 43rd, Kevaughn Sucre 7th, Joshua Olton 35th, Adam Del Peche 50th, Dillon Mason 56th) vs Paradise 2 (Omari Braithwaite 52nd, Biule Warner 60th).

Trinity Men:

Fatima 9 (Che Modeste 61st, 70th, Rolph Young 3rd, Kafele Alexander 22nd, Dwight King 37th, Ramon Campo 40th, Mark Nieves 45th pen, Jean-Paul Ramberan 58th, Ishmael Campbell 65th) vs Petrotrin 2 (Brent Granado 25th, 65th).

Championship Women:

Paragon 3 vs Defence Force 0 - Paragon won default

Championship Men:
Paragon 4 (Kiel Murray 2, Akim Toussaint, Dillet Gilkes) vs Malvern 2 (Arielle Bowen, Daryll Hume).

Veterans Mixed:

Queen’s Park 7 (Raphael Govia 3, Gary Griffith 3, Gary Chin) vs Police 1

The Trinidad Guardian

Chief Minister Cup hockey

Principal Correspondent

BANGALORE: The All India Chief Minister Cup hockey tournament will be held here from June 12. The nine-day event will feature eight teams vying for the champion's purse of rupees six lakh. The newly-laid turf at the KSHA Stadium will host the tournament that would be played under floodlights besides being telecast live on Doordarshan.

The teams:

Pool A: DYSS-Karnataka, IOCL, Army XI & ONGC.

Pool B: Odisha XI, Air India, BPCL and Indian Railways .

The Hindu

First of the series of AGMs in hockey

s2h team

The KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) met for a special general body meeting at the India Habitat Centre's Magnolia Hall on Sunday to take several decision, including deciding on the upcoming age-group tournaments, ratify the minutes of the previous AGM held in April 2010 and work on a structure to merge the men's and women's units in the country into one.

The meeting was the first by the IHF after a recent Delhi High Court verdict which quashed the IHF's suspension and de-recognition by the Indian Olympic Association and the Sport Ministry. The meeting, which went on for about two hours, did not come to any definite conclusion but Gill did hinted at not contesting any elections again.

“I agree with the ministry guidelines to put an age limit and a tenure limit to office bearers of national sports federations,” he told reporters assembled at the venue.

Gill has served at the national federation since 1994.

A decision was also taken to form a sub-committee to work with the IWHF (which has scheduled a meeting of its own on June 12, next Saturday) and work out the modalities of forming a single unit at the national level. So far, there has been the Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC) which used to represent India in the FIH while there were two separate bodies – IHF and IWHF – at the national level working out a mutual agreement. Now, there is a proposal to merge them formally to avoid any repeat of whatever has happened with the entire Hockey India fiasco.

“I am willing to sit with Hockey India people and anyone else concerned with hockey in the country to find a solution to all the ongoing issues and bring Indian hockey back on track,” Gill said.

However, state units are likely to be allowed to function as usual “The FIH has never said there should be a merger of units at the state level also. They only want a single unit representing men's and women's hockey in the country,” one of the state association presidents present at the meeting said.

Sunday's meeting was also attended by Shankar Lal, under-secretary in the sports ministry, as the government observer. Lal, however, refused to comment on the meeting, which was attended by 51 members from 29 state units. “I am not authorised to comment upon it. I will only submit my report on this, as well as the meeting by the women's federation and Hockey India, to the ministry,” he said.

Interestingly, HI have also called for a meeting of their respective “affiliated units” for a meeting on June 14 and it would be interesting to see how many from Sunday's meeting attend that one also.

Besides IHF and IWHF, the Hockey India also called for an AGM next week, so the first in the series of AGMs has started.

Even these AGMs go on on the political fields of Delhi, players are attending another of training camps at Pune.

IHF holds meeting, to pursue unification with IWHF

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), headed by K. P. S. Gill, held a Special General Body meeting here on Sunday and decided to form a five-member committee to hold talks with the Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) in order to constitute a unified body.

The officiating Secretary of the federation, Charanjit Singh Raheja, claimed that 30 State units, out of 36, had attended the meeting.


He said that the IWHF had convened a meeting here on June 12 and after that the panel set up on Sunday would take up the matter of unification with the women's federation.

Incidentally, Hockey India that came into existence in May, 2009, has also convened a Special General Body meeting here on June 14 to consider ratification of affiliations granted to several State units, among other agenda items.

At Sunday's IHF meeting, attended by a Government observer (Under Secretary Shankar Lal), Gill explained the position following the Delhi High Court order dated May 21 in which the court quashed the disaffiliation of the IHF by the Indian Olympic Association and de-recognition of the body by the Union Sports Ministry.

The composition of the panel to negotiate with the IWHF remained uncertain at the end of the meeting. Gill and Raheja would certainly be there in the panel.

The panel is expected to work out the modalities of merger with the IWHF, prepare an electoral college and then work towards holding elections to a unified body.

Such a body, though it existed on paper between 2000 and 2009, in the name of Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC), could not hold elections or a meeting.

A ruse

The unification remained a ruse to meet the demand of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) that there be a unified body. The IHF and the IWF continued as two separate entities. Both were disaffiliated by the IOA in March, 2009 as per the claim made by the IOA in the Delhi High Court.

The Union Sports Ministry, which had de-recognised the IHF in August, 2009, had written to the FIH in July the same year to state: “With regard to the IWHF, the Government stopped dealing with them from March, 2009 because the tenure of the elected management had expired.”

The court quashed the disaffiliation of the IHF by the IOA and its de-recognition by the ministry, though there was no order related to the IWHF since the petition filed by the IHF challenged only its disaffiliation and de-recognition. The IOA claimed in submissions before the court that a show cause notice was issued to the IWHF in January, 2009, before it was disaffiliated.

Legal status

What could be the legal status of the IWHF with whom the IHF is now starting a fresh dialogue? Will the ministry be forced to revive, even if temporarily, the IWHF in order to pave the way for yet another merger?

The former President of the IWHF, Vidya Stokes, is now the President of Hockey India. The IWHF Secretary, Amrit Bose, will be the central figure in the fresh ‘dialogue' as and when that materialises.

HI Secretary Narinder Batra has stated that the IHC was disaffiliated by the FIH in 2008 and his body had taken over the role of the combined federation in 2009.

The meeting on Sunday also decided to hold the National championship in Bhopal in July, the under-20 National in Haryana in August, the under-17 National in Hyderabad in September and the under-14 National in Jaipur in November.

The Hindu

Gill not averse to IHF merger with HI

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Sunday expressed its willingness to merge with Hockey India (HI) "if the need arose in the days to come".The IHF held its special general meeting here and its president, KPS Gill, said he was open to the idea of a truce, to facilitate a revival of the national sport. Convened to decide a roadmap for the body following the Delhi High Court verdict against the manner in which the IHF was suspended in 2008, Gill even expressed his willingness to comply with the Sports Ministry's guidelines, if implemented, regarding the tenure of sports administrators.

"The interest of hockey is at the forefront and no compromise should be made on its account. We are even willing to comply with the recent directive of the Sports Ministry and I will not contest elections, if it takes place," said the 75-year-old ex cop.

The Ministry had ordered that the tenure of presidents of Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation should not be more than 12 years.

Representatives from 30 state units including Olympians Joaquim Carvalho and Gurbax Singh Grewal (Mumbai Hockey Association), RK Shetty and K Krishnamurthy of Karnataka State Hockey Association and Ashok Mathur and Charanjit Singh (Delhi) attended the meeting.

Shanker Lal, under secretary in the Ministry, was present at the meeting as the government observer. On his part, Lal said the government's sole concern in the matter was to facilitate the resolution of conflicting situation.

"The government is seized with the directive of the High Court to ensure that there is a single national governing body for both men and women," he said. A merger between IHF and the Indian Women's Hockey Federation was also expected. However, no decision was made on the same. Gill clarified that he would talk to the IWHF for merger in the near future

Hindustan Times

KPS Gill for age, tenure cap for officials

Uthra G. Chaturvedi

The reinstated Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), under KPS Gill, regrouped for the first time at its special general body meeting on Sunday. While the well-attended meet — 51 members from all the 29 state units were present — proved that Gill had things in his control but still the 75-year-old categorically stated that he was ready to vacate the seat for a younger successor.

While supporting the recent Sports Ministry move to put a cap on age and tenure of office bearers running national federations, Gill distanced himself for the IHF elections that are to take place later this year. “I completely agree with the ministry guidelines that there should be an age limit to officials running sports in the country. I am willing to sit with Hockey India people and anyone else concerned with hockey in the country to find a solution to all the ongoing issues,” he added.

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The IHF also decided to form a committee to work with the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation (IWHF) and solve the merger issue. “The men’s and women’s units will be merged at the national level. However, the state units are likely to function as it is, since there is no point in twisting a perfectly workable existing system,” one of the state unit president present at the meeting said.

The meeting was also attended by Shankar Lal, under-secretary in the sports ministry, as the government observer.

Interestingly, Hockey India have also called for a meeting of their respective “affiliated units” on June 14. It remains to be seen if HI is able to match IHF in terms of support from state units.

Indian Express

Those into it say it's the future

PUNE: A passion for sports and a fire in the belly are must-haves for sports management aspirants, former captain of the Indian hockey team and an accomplished sports management professional, Viren Rasquinha said.

Rasquinha, after retirement, graduated with a business management degree from Hyderabad and though he did not specialise in sports management, he got an offer from sporting legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to handle the operations of Olympic Gold Quest, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to empower India to win more gold medal in the Olympics.

"I did my MBA, but never with the intention of continuing with sports. When Geet and Prakash made the offer, I could not refuse," he said.

He is now involved in the marketing, facilitation of coaching, training, medical help and raising funds for top players in the country. Rasquinha felt sports management has a bright future, but it lacks trained professionals.

"Although it is nascent, it will grow in the coming years. Sports is the only industry where a person of any age can connect easily. Moreover, many companies want to be associated with sports through sponsorships and endorsements," he said.

Rasquinha has some advice for aspirants. "Passion and through knowledge of every aspect of the industry will take one a long way. There must be inherent understanding of the industry to become a successful manager."

Vivek Singh, another sports management professional and joint managing director of Procam International, said, "Aspirants must have an emotional connect with sports to take it up as a career. The competition to be there will hot up with India hosting mega sporting events and club sports becoming popular because of the Indian Premier League."

A beginner earns between Rs 15,000 and Rs 25,000 depending on the job. "But entry to a good organisation, club, managing body, national team or sports channels can be lucrative," he said. Rahi Sharma who has been working with a sports channel for two years, said, " The profession is highly creative and innovative. Since there are not many competitors and there is a dearth of sports management professionals in the country, it is a good career for fresh graduates."

The Times of India